Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is likely, during his address today, to give a two-month ultimatum to the federal government to fulfill a list of demands. Otherwise PML-N members will submit their resignations, sources within the party told The Express Tribune.
Sharif had said during an address on October 25 that he will make ‘a very important announcement’ on October 28. Party members told The Tribune that Sharif will not put all his cards on the table during Friday’s rally. “He will not say how the PML-N will ‘quit’. Whether it plans on submitting mass resignations or dissolving the Punjab Assembly remains to be seen,” they said. The final decision will be made after the deadline expires, they added.
PML-N’s rally today is part of the party’s ‘Go Zardari Go campaign’ against what it says are the PPP-led government’s three major failures: load shedding, rising prices and widespread corruption.
The party members said that PML-N has, in principle, decided to topple the government within two months.
Nawaz Sharif is currently in Turkey and will return on October 29. Nawaz Sharif will address the rally planned in Faisalabad on November 3 where he will confirm Shahbaz Shairf’s deadline. The party will also hold rallies in Gujranwala on November 14 and then later in Sargodha, Multan Bahawalpur and Rawalpindi.
The PML-N plans on holding a number of public gatherings in the coming two months to motivate the public, the sources said. It is also expected that the party will announce a long march in December.
PML-N’s list of demands
PPP will be asked to:
1. Implement the resolution passed during the All Parties Conference (APC) on September 29
2. Eliminate corruption from the government and to take action against all corrupt officers and ministers
3. Bring back the money held in secret Swiss Banks’ accounts
4. Appoint a neutral NAB chairman
5. Notify an independent election commission
6. Hold a countrywide population census
7. Present a plan for energy generation and remove the hurdles in the Punjab government’s way of implementing Nandipur and Chechoke Mallian power projects
8. Investigate former Sindh minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza’s allegations against MQM through a commission or summon him in parliament so that he can explain his allegations
Published in The Express Tribune, October 28th, 2011.